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Provincetown Film Society

Formed in 1998 in conjunction with our first Provincetown Film Festival, the Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to continuing the founding mission of the Provincetown Art Colony – to provide a welcoming, nurturing, and inspiring environment for boundless and authentic creative exploration – in film. It has also been dedicated to the celebration of Provincetown – an American treasure nestled among spectacular National Seashore beaches and a shining example of diversity and inclusion.


Provincetown International Film Festival

The 5-day festival showcases over 100 American and international independent narrative, documentary, and animated features and shorts, as well as panel discussions and special events. Provincetown International Film Festival has permanently established itself as the largest cultural event on the Lower Cape, attracting over 10,000 film-goers, movie buffs, and arts patrons.


Women in Film Initiatives

In 2013, Provincetown Film Society founded the Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute to provide programs throughout the year, including film residencies, mini-festivals, and workshops that address gender equity in the media and film. Some of Provincetown Film Society’s Women in Film Initiatives include:

The Christine K. Walker Women’s Residency program offers women-identifying filmmakers from around the world one- or two-week residencies in Provincetown that includes a small travel stipend, lodging, and round-trip travel from Boston to Provincetown. Residents can have uninterrupted time to work on any current project or choose to engage with the vibrant community of Provincetown for the exchange of ideas, skills, and experiences.

Women’s Media Summit Retreat invites movie-makers, academics, lawmakers, business professionals and supporters to build strategies that end gender inequity in American film and television.

Women’s Week is a town-wide celebration of women, culture and community. Provincetown Film Society looks forward to participating every year with special screenings, filmmaker meet-and-greets, panel discussions, and receptions, all to highlight the achievements of women in film.


LGBTQ In Film Initiatives

Since its founding, Provincetown has been a place of shelter and nurture for the “other”—a place for those whose artistic and life expression might challenge the norm. Part of the core mission of the Provincetown Film Society is to support aspiring filmmakers and endorse gender, racial and sexual diversity in U.S. entertainment media. Along with participation in Provincetown’s themed weeks, some of Provincetown Film Society’s LGBTQ in Film Initiatives include:

The Anthony Lawson LGBTQ Youth Mentorship Program seeks to nurture emerging talent in the entertainment industry by connecting college-age LGBTQ students with established professionals for career advice and support. Each year, one scholarship will be awarded to a Boston-based LGBTQ college student with an academic focus in film production or programming. The chosen student will have the opportunity to attend all of the Provincetown Film Society’s year-round programming – including the Provincetown International Film Festival – and will be partnered with three mentors who will provide them with life changing one-on-one guidance in their careers. Founded by the Conte family of Andover, MA to honor PFS’s Board President for his contributions in educating and mentoring high school students.

the Tim McCarthy LGBTQ International Scholarship Program honors the legacy of our longtime friend and festival archivist whose passion for storytelling was equal to his dedication and support for social justice. Each year, the festival will award scholarships to international youth of color to attend the festival and connect with mentors and advisors who will nurture and support the artists ambitions.

The Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program is an annual residency and filmmaking program for LGBTQ youth that honors the legacy of Ash Christian, filmmaker and PFS Advisory Board Member. Over the course of a week, young filmmakers with a short script written around a designated theme will work with top industry professionals to workshop and produce five-minute films. The films will be included included in a compilation film that will tour festivals and participating venues.

Each Family Week at HBO Kids Camp we provide special programs to LGBTQ-led families and the vast community of visitors with curated events and guest appearances by celebrated family favorites. In 2018, we served over 200 LGBTQ families, and accommodated an additional 250 children in 2019.


Thank you for your interest in donating to the Provincetown Film Society. PFS is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.